Egyptian protests escalate into violence

CAIRO - Egyptian military armored vehicles have onto a main bridge over the Nile River in Cairo in the first major move to break up clashes raging between Islamist backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and their opponents.

Several armored vehicles, at least one with young Morsi opponents sitting on the roof, deployed on the 6th of October Bridge, near Tahrir Square, aiming to chase away Morsi supporters. Military helicopters flew toward Tahrir.

The troops moved after Islamists surged across the bridge earlier in the day to attack an anti-Morsi crowd near Tahrir, sparking clashes with gunfire and stone-throwing that killed at least one person.

Nationwide, 10 people have been killed, including the death in the battle on the bridge.

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